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Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium

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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4714) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
(33cl bottle) Sampled at Lubiere’s on August 11, 2005. F*cking huge, foamy, white head with an amber, highly carbonated body filled with sediment chunks. White pepper and hops. Very tart hoppiness and redlicorice tones.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
Bottle. Nice fruity aroma leads to a spicy flavor with lots of sweet malt, fruit and firm bitterness. The bitterness becomes a bit distracting, as you drink the beer, as it begins to remind me more of the bitterness in dandelion or Campari. The mouth feel is fine, but the overpowering co2 tends to detract, as it steals some of the flavor. The looks are, as always, with De Dolle, excellent, with a hazy golden color and a wonderful rocky head, that seems to last forever.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) 5% ABV in my version. Pale golden, slightly hazy with a dense and very white head with some sediment at the bottom. Fresh and fruity character with a way too dominating bitterness that overturns the balance. Pity in an otherwise interesting beer. 230699

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
Hazy orange beer with a big dense white head. Malty, straw like aroma with a hoppy note. Spicy, yeasty flavor with a light alcohol touch in a peppery finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Bottled Sample @ sick_boy282’s Post-Real Ale Fest Mini Tasting
Yellow/bronze color, nice creamy pale white head. Nose of light banana and yeast, strong fruit esters with a well rounded character. The terroir isn’t as pronounced as usual with Belgian beers. Thanks Alex!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22445) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Bottled. Hazy golden coloured with a huge and lacing white head. Fruity aroma with notes of pepper, spices, yeast and alcohol. Peppery flavour of fruits, yeast, spices and hops. Peppery finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Pours a blonde hue with a frothy white head. Aromas of spice, wheat an a light alcohol burn. Flavors of spice honey, a light bitterness and a nice floral finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Pours with a cloudy golden body topped by a medium thick to thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and citrusy with a slight yeastiness and some underlying spice. Medium bodied, slightly dry and warming.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CEZ (403) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 So smooth it doesn’t make a sound when poured. Hazy amber body, huge white head that slowly recedes leaving a beautiful, regular lace on the glass. Intriguing aroma, sweet yet fresh, with traces of herbs, straw, fruit (apple, banana, pear), hops. Taste is malty and yeasty with notes of leather, wood, spices (nutmeg?). FInish is hoppy and bitter. Body is full, creamy, almost chewy, but the beer is as drinkable as a hefeweizen. In my opinion, this is a(nother) masterpiece from the guys at De Dolle. Drinkers beware: this baby can be very dangerous, as the 9% ABV is extremely well hidden...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
Couleur ambrée vers l’oranger sous une belle et dense mousse blanche qui refusant d’adhérer sur la paroi du verre. Arômes très levurés et dont la signature, très authentique Belge, est typique de DeDolle. Ensuite très herbal, laissant échapper des notes fruitées d’ananas et de fruits exotiques et de gomme baloune. Le haut taux d’alcool n’est à aucun moment apparent quoique celle ci semble faire son travail en termes d’alléger l’esprit. Corps de densité moyenne, presque épaisse, texture crémeuse issue d’une carbonatation très vive. Finale très sèche nous quittant sur des notes épicées de poivre blanc. Un autre chef-d’œuvre offert par ces brasseurs fous.


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